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Michael Chapman: True North Tour with his trio BJ Cole, Sarah Smout & Bridget St. John

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Sat 6 Apr, 20:00

Door time: 7.30pm

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Michael Chapman - Guitars & vocal
BJ Cole - Pedal Steel Guitar
Sarah Smout - Cello
Bridget St. John - Vocal 

The way Michael Chapman sees it "the songs are the songs," and those on his new album True North, fit a kind of mold that's comfortable -- and even a bit surprising -- for the venerable British singer, songwriter and guitarist.

"I got lucky this time," the 78-year-old Chapman says. "Sometimes I write songs that can only be done with a band. Sometimes I write songs so loose they could only be done solo. I got lucky because most of the songs on this album I could do either way."

And Chapman is so happy with the results -- produced by Steve Gunn, who worked with him on last year's acclaimed 50, and recorded in rural Wales with a band that includes a cellist and pedal steel player -- that for the first time ever he'll be playing an album in its entirety on tour next spring.

Ticket information

£16, £15 members

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

Box office is open at South Street Arts Centre on performance days one hour before the show (subject to availability)

Phone lines open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm